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Charles Gordon-Lennox, aka the Earl of March, has been managing his family’s Goodwood Estate Company since 1994, a year after he launched the Goodwood Festival of Speed. He’s also the President of the British Automobile Racing Club and one of the most highly regarded characters in the motorsport and classic car scene. Here, he shares his most memorable drives.
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I drive this road every day. You come down the A3, which is quite boring, but then you’re on a lovely country road that hasn’t changed for 50 years. In the 50s and 60s, the racers used to drive here on this road and fans would wait in the lay-bys and chase them down. My record run to London was on this road in a Carrera GT Porsche in the mid-80s. It’s a great car and handles fabulously.
Car of choice: Carrera GT PorschePhoto: Getty Images
I was lucky enough to do the Mille Miglia a couple of years ago in a 1940s BMW 328 Streamline coupe. I’ve done the race a few times, but this is an absolutely blockbuster car to do it in. My highlight is always driving through the Futa Pass, which is simply breathtaking.
Car of choice: 1940s BMW 328 Streamline coupePhoto: Getty Images
Racing on salt is extreme, because it changes its density all the time, so it’s quite slippery. They drive all sorts of cars and dragsters on this speedway to break speed records. You need a special licence to race at different speeds and you must maintain that speed over the 10 to 12-mile track to show you’re in control. It’s surprisingly difficult.
Car of choice: 1982 Dodge ChargerPhoto: Getty Images
I drove this road when we were doing a recce for an event. It goes from Marrakech up into the Atlas Mountains. Richard Branson’s mother has a hotel there called Kasbah Tamadot, a great spot for lunch overlooking the mountains. There weren’t many other cars on the road, which always makes a drive memorable.
Car of choice: Lancia AureliaPhoto: Getty Images
In the remote northern Kenyan town of Isiolo, there’s a barrier where the tarmac road ends, then you’re on rough dirt roads surrounded by unbelievable African landscape for about 80 miles to Garba Tula. You could drive on for hours and hours up to Ethiopia and Somalia. I haven’t driven this road for years – it was closed for some time – but it’s really imprinted on my mind.
Car of choice: Lancia AureliaPhoto: Alamy